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May 25th, 2009, 04:57 PM
If there were any events here,I'd be there! I can assure you of that.:dp:

Meguiar's would really take off here if there was more selection and more advertising.There are plenty of motorsport events here from cities to villages all through the summer months.Italians are:hotrod2(car) crazy,but they don't know about your products!

I've actually had people with cars that cost 10 - 15 times the cost of mine,ask me about the finish on my car! I think that tells you something.

Come here!,I'll be there!

May 26th, 2009, 04:40 PM
Where do you live in Italy?????

May 26th, 2009, 05:23 PM
Hi RGCurtis,I'm in the tuscany area(thanks for asking).More to the point,though,these motorsport events are all over italy. As oppsed to dragging it's rallying..."More muck,more mud = More Meguiar's! There are thousands of people that go to these events all year round,mainly in the summer,I mean the stalls are packed.If there were Meguiar's stalls here,they would really kick off.

I would like to give an example of this.About six-seven years ago there were not many Japanese cars on the road here.Very,very few.But more to the point,they didn't advertise their product line very well either. A couple of years ago,I started to see ads for Honda,Toyota,Mazda and guess what,the amount of Japanese cars on the roads here have went up at least tenfold and still increasing.

As i've mentioned in the past,when people ask me about how do i get that show finish on my car,i tell them all about Meg's.But what encouragement do they have when they can't get it.I tried emailing two companies here.Havn't heard a reply yet.

I think the problem lies in the way Italy runs it's businesses.:furious1

May 26th, 2009, 05:58 PM
I lived in Naples twice. Once as a kid for three years and once as an adult with my family for three years. My family and I loved it and miss it soooooooo much. I miss the Autostrada and being able to due 140km or faster to get somewhere. The food, cars, women, and culture are missed each day. As for your Meg's dilema, try www.autodetailingsolutions.net (http://www.autodetailingsolutions.net) or google auto detailing solutions. Rick is really cool and might be able to help. Get a pizza margharita and a glass of wine for me, and chase it with some limoncello. Have fun and good luck. Let me know if I can help you some more.

May 26th, 2009, 08:59 PM
Hi RGcurtis,I visited Naples with my family as a kid.Pompeii and mnt.vesuvius etc.It's a beautiful place and has clear blue water coastlines.Unfortunaley,there are a lot of speed traps on the autostrada's today.
Thank's for the link.I'm going to have to do something to get what i need.When i went to a local shop,they had 2 bottles of plastx,2 bottles of QD(i go through this stuff really quickly) and about 10 bottles of nxt tech protectant. I said to the shop assistant that these products need to be backed up with the essentials.It should be 10 bottles of QD and 2 of the other.

Keep in touch! I'll have to hit the hay now...Exams tomorrow!:wavey

May 27th, 2009, 03:47 PM
Bona Sera! You can send Rick at ADS an email and he should respond. Let me know if I can help. I can call if you need and see if he ships internationally. - Ciao

May 27th, 2009, 03:58 PM
If there were any events here,I'd be there! I can assure you of that.:dp:

Meguiar's would really take off here if there was more selection and more advertising.There are plenty of motorsport events here from cities to villages all through the summer months.Italians are:hotrod2(car) crazy,but they don't know about your products!

I've actually had people with cars that cost 10 - 15 times the cost of mine,ask me about the finish on my car! I think that tells you something.

Come here!,I'll be there!If you put me up, I'll host an event in your garage, wear a Meguiars shirt and pretend to know what I'm doing. :D

May 27th, 2009, 05:31 PM
Hi Rg curtis,I had a quick look auotodetailing's site(briefly for now,i'm a bit pushed for time at the moment).They've certainly got a good line of products.Are they based in the states? Not a problem,i'm just thinking about shipping costs.I'll be back on line later.

also hi surly,I don't have a lock up.My car is outdoor 24/7. always has been in it's 15 year history.I would prefer a garage though.Funny though: At meguiar's.com i don't see meg's t-shirts or baseball caps? and yet in the italian site (that doesn't reply to you anyway) they show these things.Maybe i've just missed them at Meguiar's.com?

Just a quikie rg,coming home tonight at about half ten,an auotbus nearly took me out on a bend(country road).Half of the oncoming bus was on my side of the road!!!!????

You'll know what i'm talking about-----Italy! :wall::burnoff:burnoff:bump2:bat1:doh:zzzsleep:burnoff:bash:wall2 When in Rome......... it's not my philosophy!

May 28th, 2009, 01:32 PM
LOL!!! Oh do I know what you are talking about. Are you sure you were not driving in Naples.....lol. Normally, the north had better drivers. If I get a chance I will call Rick at ADS for you and ask if he ships to Tuscany. Don't give up.....we will get you the product you need.

May 28th, 2009, 02:01 PM
Hi RG Curtis,I see you are just online,as I was here about half an hour ago.Within that time,I just sent an email to them(meguiarsaz@cox.net
). Is that correct? I see they are in Arizona. So hopefully,i'll get a reply later.I'm not sure,but is it about 3pm out there. Thanks for checking out with the co.
I'll get back to you later,as i've got a bit of stuying to do for tomorrow.A quick look at the threads and then i'll have to hit the books.

P.S. What is your vehicle(s),that brings you here to get involved at Meguiar'sOL?

May 28th, 2009, 06:05 PM
No problem. Will post what Rick says as soon as I can. I have a son in college that drives and '02 Mustang. My senior in high school drives an '01 Tacoma. My wife drives an '05 Maxima. I drive an '02 Silverado 1500 and I have a '78 Dodge Aspen. Good luck studying.

May 29th, 2009, 05:36 PM
Ciao RG, I'm a bit exhausted with all these exams.Thanks for doing a bit of investigating for me.Out of curiosity,is that co. solely dealing with Meg's products?

Quite a nice selection of cars you've got there!Do you do all the detailing or does your family do there bit to help out? I'll need to check out the '78 Aspen.I like Dodge,but i'm not familiar with that model.(I'll check google-images). Hopefully,you'll eventually get some pics uploaded.I will be doing so in the near future.Time........
I meant to ask a while back. Your Avatar and tag.Is it what you like,or are you actually in the armed forces?


May 30th, 2009, 03:30 AM
Hi RG,I have seen the '78 Aspen before.Is it a sooper-coup or a family runner? Nice car from that period! I've seen recently here,imported,new Dodge Calibers. They're really nice. Are they popular in the states?,or are they intended for the eurpean market? (I think 2 or 2.5l turbo diesel?)


May 30th, 2009, 02:43 PM
Okay, one question at a time...

1. I am in the Navy and work on Submarines.
2. The Aspen is the four door family model. My Great Grandmother bought it new and then she passed away and gave it to my Grandmother who passed away a year ago and gave it to me. It has 69k original miles and is all stock.
3. The Caliber is doing okay over here. Just we are so behind Italy with regards to fuel efficiency. Americans do not know how cheap gas is in the U.S. as opposed to Italy.
4. I do 90% of the detailing. They help out a lot. My older son ('02 Mustang) did a complete polish on it about a week ago. He used M105, M205 & NXT 2.0 waxed.

You know every time I chat with you I miss Italy sooooooooooooooooooo much. Have fun and eat some Penne Arabiata for me. - Ciao

May 30th, 2009, 05:06 PM
Ciao RG,Ha-ha,nice reply.I'm glad to see you've kept the car in the family.I hope you eventually find time to upload some pics!

Firstly,about your sons Mustang(again,nice cars).I was at my cousins today and used his PC to go online.I came across your thread about tying to get the water stains out etc.Anyway it was a good bit of reading.How have you got on since?

Secondly,that's really interesting,working on boats.'How long does it take you to detail a submarine?' Just kiddin'.... Although,I see Meg's do a marine line of products!

Thirdly,I wanted to buy something 'Muscle Car' wise,but the fuel costs in europe make it a non practicality. I really love V8's,which is a big part of american culture,so I wouldn't like to see them go! Shelby Cobra is one of my fav's.You can actually build good replicas with the proper goods under the hood!It can be done for about 20,000$(If you do most of the work yourself).I mean a GOOD quality replica.i thought about this,but the petrol,and i don't have a garage.

Fourthly,I forgot to mention earlier from one of your threads---'Limoncello'. Really nice liqour.Can you get it in the states?(I reckon so).

Okay,this is a holiday weekend in Italy,as you probably know 'la festa della republicca' 6/2/1946 or 2/6/ if you prefer(if i remember well,in the states,you put the month first). Nothing is really open monday and tuesday,but i'm going to phone speedup.it and see what they have to say as regards to Meg's products. If you did get the chance to speak to Rik at ADS,there might be a couple of problems: 1) The G110 is made for the states and runs on 110v,hence the G220 is for europe, and runs on 220-230v).So ADS might only stock the G110. 2) He might not ship outside the US.I'll let you know how i get on this end,next week.

Lastly,another thing i forgot to mention earlier.i'm originaly from Glasgow,Scotland and i was a train driver(engineman) for near on 13 years.So my civic is originaly from Glasgow.I came here about 6 years ago. Although you miss Italy,I'm pretty sure you prefer living in the states.My cousins are from SanFrancisco(originally,long island).They lived in the britain for some years but ended up going back. I should've gone with them!

Keep in touch,eddie.:wavey

May 30th, 2009, 05:19 PM
Actually I miss Italy so MUCH I would leave today. I am sorry but Friday was CRAZY at work and didn't get to call Rick. I promise I will on Monday and post Monday evening. I will ask him about the G220 and the shipping. Enjoy the weekend. Here is the link to the Aspen pictures.....http://meguiarsonline.com/forums/photopost/showgallery.php/cat/1124 - Ciao

May 30th, 2009, 06:39 PM
Hi RG,Really fantastic job you did on that chrome fender! I couldn't believe the before and after! That pic will be enjoyed by soo many people on this forum. Really nice car and it's been looked after well! Even the vinyl top is in great nick. Really nice bfore and after shots all round. Good job on your other vehicles too

:kewlpics1 eddie.

A quik browse an' off to bed,ciao.

May 30th, 2009, 06:55 PM
Eddie, thanks. Oh, do you ever sleep???? Its like 4a.m. there right now....lol. Thanks for the props.

May 31st, 2009, 09:19 AM
Ciao RG,Ha-ha! Sleep....'what's that?' It's amazing when you start reading forums.Before you know it,it's early morning!

Although you said you would like to move back to Italy,would your family want to? For example,I meet a lot of different people here,who are from the states,britain.The retired couples seem to do okay,but families with teenagers etc.,stay for a couple of years,tops and then go away. I think your son would find a bit of a 'culture shock' here.He's been brought up in the states and is used to the way life is there.

As far as car culture goes,the roads here are very small,tight and narrow.Again,another problem for american imports.I wouldn't like to try going up any mountain roads here with '63 T-Bird!!! Autostrada's okay,superstrada's okay. Italian cities are a nightmare for parking,and i mean an absolute nightmare.


May 31st, 2009, 09:53 AM
Eddie, I know what you are talking about with the streets. When I lived there I had an SUV....oh the fun we had parking in Naples and when we traveled. As for my kids. They were there for three years and loved it. Both of them are teenagers and would love to go back. I think the whole family would move back anytime. My older son just wants to go on the Autostrada and Superstrada. My wife taught elementary school on the U.S. Military base. She loved it. Next year both my kids will be out of the house and I can retire from the Navy. I am not sure what we are going to do. We keep talking about coming back over and living in the North, she loved Vicenza and Venetzia area. She also loved Firenza area too.

May 31st, 2009, 10:35 AM
ciao RG, seems like you all like italy.The roads here and some of the drivers drive me bonkers! You're right about florence or firenze,whatever,I've met loads of americans there.They're the most easy people to get on with,and australians.
in my case,not so bad,i came over from the uk,so it's not a big distance to go back again.
Anyway,i'm going to post a thread about cleaning up my stainless header,then i'll need to hit the books:read1 = :cry1